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Repairs, mechanical and building works

AutumnIt’s the time of the year when there is time to undertake all those left over jobs that are not absolutely essential in the height of the growing season.

This week Ian is hoping to repair his own plough so that he can use it on the Go Local Food fields. This plough has been sitting idle for some long time so is in need of loving care and attention to restore it to working condition. Fingers crossed then that nothing breaks during the restoration and that it is up to the work required of it after due care and attention. To have his own machine up and working would allow Ian to plough the fields at the convenience of Go Local Food rather than having to wait for the good offices of a local farmer as in previous years. Well that is the plan anyway.

The potato lifter also needs some care and attention as some of the links are showing signs of wear and tear – that’s the thing with buying second hand, repairs come around sooner rather than later. Pricing up has been done but what happens next is another matter.

Another pallet rack has been constructed for the storage of the white membrane coverings that are not required at present. This will allow tidy stacking but also it will require that the nicely stacked membranes are tied in place to stop them going awol in high winds – the neighbours and passing traffic might not appreciate large white kites appearing from the fields ….

And finally all the bean frames are neatly stacked in order ready for next year.


An enjoyable bonfire

BonfireSome fifteen Go Local Food members enjoyed the informal bonfire on the evening of November 5th. One of the group took this picture of a hot and roaring fire. To all counts it was a small group but the company was good.

Ian, our grower, ran up some pumpkin soup with produce from the fields which was kept warm on the BBQ and it seems that this also was much appreciated.

Now that the ashes have cooled down, there are the nails, studs, assorted bits of metal and other remains to be cleared. The downside is that it may be that the remains of the fires will not be fit to use on the soil of the fields due to some of the items burned.

On looking around Ian thinks that another fire will be required to clear all rest of the detritus that has collected over the season. But the upside is that tidiness rules ….. for a period.

Just one pheasant

Hen pheasant

Going down the outside of the Go Local Food rabbit proof fences on last Wednesday afternoon Ian raised a hen pheasant from the long grass. No sign of a male partner so just the one hen pheasant. Unusual but there we are.

Of swap boxes and field tours

harvest vegetablesWhen collecting your weekly crop shares, there is a swap box for those vegetables that Go Local Food members are not fond of in the Palace but we are not sure if all everyone knows about this or uses it.

Sometimes we have vegetables left on a Sunday.  These can be items that members have decided not to take or swap or have taken less than the allotted share. We have decided to combine these two things into one box – the SWAP or DONATE BOX. The swap part is as suggested. The donate part is for those vegetables you are not taking or swapping.

The contents of this box will then be available to members and non-members from Sunday. Members can take extra vegetables and non-members can create their own ‘share’ for a contribution to the funds. The donations tin will also be in a prominent position.  Please tell your friends and neighbours that this option is available so they get to taste some of our lovely produce.

Don’t forget, your chance to find out more about how and why we grow what we do! and to help Ian plan the crops for 2018… this Saturday, 11th November. There are two guided tours of the field by Ian, our grower, to talk about the soil, what we can grow in our local micro climate and to answer your questions. This will allow you to talk to the grower and then suggest crops you would enjoy eating.

Crop share for the week ending 11th November 2017

green peppers

Ian says potatoes, green and red tomatoes, small peppers, sprouts, cabbage, kirichiri squash, chillis, pak choi